13 days in Tasmania Itinerary

13 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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13 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h
1
Launceston
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
St Helens
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Hobart
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Launceston

Launceston ©
Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Design Centre Tasmania and Iron Pot Bay Vineyard. Bring the kids along to Seahorse World and Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot. Change things up with these side-trips from Launceston: Holm Oak Vineyards (in Rowella), Delamere Vineyards (in Pipers Brook) and Loira Vines (in Sidmouth). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, stop by Honey Tasmania - The Beehive, learn about winemaking at The Pinot Shop, and view the masterpieces at Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Launceston trip itinerary planning website .

Melbourne to Launceston is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Launceston hover around 25°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Rowella, Seahorse World, Tasmanian Glassblowers, Honey Tasmania - The Beehive, Loira Vines
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery ©
Design Centre Tasmania ©
Design Centre Tasmania

1
night
St Helens

St Helens ©
Overlooking scenic Georges Bay, St Helens is the largest town on the northeast coast of Tasmania, ranking among Australia's top destinations for recreational game fishing.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Waterfall, take in the exciting artwork at Suncoast Gallery, then play a few rounds at Cerise Brook Orchard and Family Golf Course, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, and finally do a tasting at Priory Ridge.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the St Helens itinerary planner .

You can drive from Launceston to St Helens in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Bay of Fires Conservation Area
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Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall

3
nights
Coles Bay

Coles Bay ©
Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Craigie Knowe Vineyard and Gala Estate Vineyard. Bring the kids along to Friendly Beaches and Wineglass Bay. Venture out of the city with trips to Spiky Beach Conservation Area (in Swansea) and Melshell Oyster Shack (in Dolphin Sands). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Freycinet National Park, explore the galleries of Waubs Bay Gallery, walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout, and do a tasting at Devil's Corner Cellar Door.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Coles Bay trip website .

Traveling by car from St Helens to Coles Bay takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cranbrook, Melshell Oyster Shack, Spiky Beach Conservation Area, Waubs Bay Gallery, Devil's Corner Cellar Door
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

5
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Visiting Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Kingston Beach will get you outdoors. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Salamanca Market and The Sensory Tasmania. Get out of town with these interesting Hobart side-trips: Cockle Creek (in Southport), Port Arthur Historic Site (in Port Arthur) and Wobbly Boot Vineyard (in Campania). There's much more to do: get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bellerive Beach, kick back and relax at Seven Mile Beach, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona).

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Hobart online trip planner .

Getting from Coles Bay to Hobart by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Hobart are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Richmond, Cockle Creek, Kingston Beach, Wobbly Boot Vineyard, Seven Mile Beach
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) ©
Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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